The Ashes: Australia vs England fourth Test – Day 3 cricket live scores, updates

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    Kevin Pietersen has been told he will never play for England again. (AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHAN)

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    Australia v England

    MELBOURNE CRICKET GROUND, DECEMBER 26-30, 2013

    4th Test - AUS v ENG

     
    England 1st Inn 255 All Out
    Australia 1st Inn 204 All Out
    England 2nd Inn 179 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 2/231
    Australia won the toss and elected to bowl
    Australia won by 8 wickets
    Australia Over:51.5  RR:4.46
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    SR Watson* 83 90 12 0 92.22
    MJ Clarke 6 20 1 0 30.00
    England
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    MS Panesar* 7.5 0 41 1 5.23
    TT Bresnan 7.0 1 48 0 6.86
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    Last Wicket: Rogers, 116 (c:Bairstow b:Panesar)
    Current Partnership: 31 runs, 36 balls, RR:86.11

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    A stunning Australian collapse handed England their best day of the tour in this Ashes series and they are now in a position from where they can dominate the MCG Test match. Join us for live scores and commentary from 10.30am AEDT.

    After having the Aussies on the mat on the first day of the series in Brisbane, this is the first time when England will enter a new day knowing they can dictate terms to their opposition.

    It did not look like it was going England’s way from the word go on the second day. Tim Bresnan was bounced out early, Kevin Pietersen played an embarrassingly callous stroke to get out and the pair of Stuart Broad and Monty Panesar did not last too long either.

    What that meant was that England had to front up to the worst-case scenario going into the day. They would be expecting, almost hoping that the lower-order wagged along side Pietersen and they got themselves to at least 350 but when that did not materialise, it would have been easy to lose the morale yet again.

    Instead, on a track that assisted their brand of bowling, Alastair Cook was supported by his quick bowlers in drying up the runs for the Aussies, in turn eliciting some strange strokes to get dismissed.

    David Warner seemed like he was yet to shrug off from the T20 mode that he had got himself into in the lead-up to this Test and holed out to a top-edge.

    Shane Watson refuses to refrain from playing those swishes outside off stump – ostensibly because they get him runs too – and that was the cause of another downfall for the Aussie number three.

    Michael Clarke left one alone when it was far too close to the off stump and had his stumps rattled.

    Steven Smith faced 76 deliveries for his 17 and then ran out of patience and nicked it to the slips. George Bailey threw his bat when he saw width but only managed to afford the new English keeper Jonny Bairstow an easy catch.

    And then the tail capitulated in wake of some sustained pressure as well.

    Only Chris Rogers, bloodied from a Stuart Broad bouncer earlier, and Brad Haddin, managed to stand up to their opponents. Rogers was finally dismissed for 61 after a 171-ball stay at the crease while Haddin was still not-out on 43 but with only one wicket remaining to support him.

    While the wickets fell to innocuous enough deliveries, the amount of work that the English bowlers had put in making scoring difficult and hence pushing the impatient Aussie batsmen into playing impetuous shots, cannot be undermined.

    From England’s point of view, they would look to wrap this up quickly and then bat the day. If England can do that, say get through to the stumps with even 200 on the board, their lead will border on the healthy.

    Chasing last could be difficult on what has been termed as a slow pitch where batsmen will need to graft. Australia have shown once, in Trent Bridge in the first Ashes Test match in England, they can get close enough to 300 in the last innings, which is why England would ideally look at scoring much more.

    But 200 in the third innings will be a bare minimum for England.

    Australia need to eat up as much of the English lead as possible. Currently they are 91 behind but more the runs they get, it would not only be better for them last innings but also frustrate the English opening batsmen.

    Still, their true test will come when they have the ball in their hands. They bowled reasonably well on the first day but weren’t aided by their fielders, can they change things around the second time?

    Expect another grinding day of Test cricket in hot conditions, with temperatures expected to go up to 38 degrees centigrade.

    What this will mean is that Nathan Lyon’s role with the ball will turn that much more important, as he will need to double up as both, a stock bowler and a wicket-taking one.

    Join us for the third day of the fourth Ashes 2013-14 Test on Saturday and you can follow the live score of this game from 10.30am AEDT and post your comments below.

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    • 6:14pm
      jamesb said | 6:14pm | ! Report

      Thanks Suneer, good job again.

      Even though Australia have 201 to get with 10 wickets in hand, I still think it’s fifty fifty.

      Monty will be a handful tomorrow.

      • 6:20pm
        Worlds Biggest said | 6:20pm | ! Report

        Great day Australia, they did well to reduce the deficit to 50 odd and then the bowling was terrific. Congrats to Lyon getting his 5 for and 100 wickets, plus his handy runs. Great day for him. The batsmen have to work hard for there runs tomorrow. England are still in this one.

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      6:07pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:07pm | ! Report

      End of day three with Australia well on top here. They were staring down the wrong end of the barrel at the start of the third day’s play and they have successfully changed its direction to point at their opponents now. England will need to come up with their best bowling performance of the series in order to salvage something out of this one.

      Speaking of best performances, for a while it looked like they were doing that with the bat. Alastair Cook looked confident and scored his half-century and while Michael Carberry wasn’t scoring, he looked fairly unruffled too. Then Cook fell to Johnson, Carberry fell to Siddle, both lbw, and the sky came falling on the tourists.

      Only Kevin Pietersen scored more than 21 among the rest even as he watched his side capitulate from 4/131 to 179 all out. He was the ninth out attempting to clear the boundary off Lyon.

      Lyon’s was the story of the day. He bagged his first ever five-wicket haul and showed every sign of having grown into a mature, frontline spinner. He does not spin the ball too much but remember even Daniel Vettori does not and he has a sum total of 681 international wickets. Speaking of international wickets, Lyon got to 100 Test sticks, helped by that five-wicket haul, so kudos to him.

      England will hope to pick up 2-3 early tomorrow to cause a bit of panic. The Australian lower-order has done well in recent times but they haven’t batted last in the series. Still, 201 to get with all their wickets intact shouldn’t be too much of trouble.

      Back tomorrow with what could be the last day of the Test match then, ciao!

      • Roar Guru

        6:15pm
        JGK said | 6:15pm | ! Report

        Current odds of Aust 1.22; Eng 5.50 don’t seem to reflect that this has been a low scoring pitch.

        Or maybe Chester-le-street is still to fresh in my mind.

      • 6:16pm
        fadida said | 6:16pm | ! Report

        “201 shouldn’t be much trouble”. The history of cricket suggests otherwise, and I’ve seen Australia fail in umpteen smallish chases to be so sure 🙂

        • 6:26pm
          Matt said | 6:26pm | ! Report

          Tail to the rescue!

          Generally, teams either make it very easily, or fall short. It’s actually quite interesting how that works.

          • 6:41pm
            fadida said | 6:41pm | ! Report

            Agree. It’s either 2-3 down as they pass the total, or all out 140-150

      • 6:26pm
        Worlds Biggest said | 6:26pm | ! Report

        Thanks Suneer, great job mate.

      • Roar Guru

        9:47pm
        Rob na Champassak said | 9:47pm | ! Report

        ‘He bagged his first ever five-wicket haul in Australia.’

        FTFY, Suneer 😉

    • Roar Guru

      6:00pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:00pm | ! Report

      Lot of time being wasted in order to ensure this is the last over, picking up all the things being blown on to the pitch.

      Last ball of the day…and it’s been creamed through the covers for three.

      0/30 in 8.

    • Roar Guru

      5:56pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:56pm | ! Report

      And bit of a time-wasting from Warner. Gets the pads and shoes off and then back on again.

      Stokes comes on now. Four minutes to go.

      • 6:05pm
        Matt F said | 6:05pm | ! Report

        I don’t know what’s worse. The obvious time wasting tactics that had us all so outraged when Broad was doing them, or the giggling schoolgirls in the channel 9 commentary box cheering them on.

        Apologies to giggling schoolgirls everywhere for comparing you to the channel 9 commentary team

    • Roar Guru

      5:54pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:54pm | ! Report

      And eight minutes or the whole day, Warner’s not going to let go of playing his strokes. There was a mid-wicket in place but he’s hit him over that player and for a four. Bit of a jump down the track to get to the pitch of the ball…

      0/25 in the 7th

    • Roar Guru

      5:52pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:52pm | ! Report

      Monty Panesar gets a bowl. Eight minutes to go for stumps.

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      5:51pm
      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:51pm | ! Report

      A better over from Broad but off the last one, Rogers’ able to flick it towards long-leg for a couple.

      0/21 in 6

    • 5:48pm
      Aakash b said | 5:48pm | ! Report

      I think its gonna b a close contest

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